Monthly Archives: June 2011

Innocent

 You were caramel cloud

before   they laid you under the ground.

Wedding songs pass over the virgin grave.

                   Fireworks blast.

Your body in pieces  innocent.

Somebody’s young daughter, you were

a girl in the market in a city at war.

somebody’s young sister, you were

a girl in a city at war in the market.

Just lost you were

                                    Innocent.

How many of those who

 you once knew,

             innocent

blown-up by the embrace of a hate hug

before your body could no longer contain

their deeds, germinating anger seeds?

Your rage blasting body is stopped

 before             you can enter the market

But, there is no turning point for you.

Clung to your sister     innocent.

Two  bodies crumbled in pieces.

Note :  the poem (first edit) was  posted here. 

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The Imperfect-Haiku (2)

 

Cloak’d by the silver linden

scent I’m gaping memories

of thee. Indulging.

                        Me.

Public vs. Private Transit

Peter McFerrin, a research analyst for Brookings Institute that published the now (in)famous Missed Opportunities study about transit in US , writes at length about the opportunity for private transit in suburban areas in this article published on The New Republic.

And to an extent I do agree with Mr. McFerrin –private transit initiatives can provide a sound alternative to public transportation. The organization I belong to, ACTC, agreed that to allow a private local provider Lenzner Coaches  to replace the service lost as a consequence of Port Authority ‘s recent cuts. The reason why we voted for this alternative service was that since as long as we represent the riders’ interest and we consider the typical rider on those routes a private alternative will be better than none].  And, it is my guess that, unlike the New York pilot program quoted by Mr. McFerrin, Lenzner is running a profitable service.

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the “google test”

A recent  Times review of potential GOP candidates for presidency criticized Tim Pawlenty for having too dull of a campaign – that is to be read  “too serious of a campaign” . It seems that being all about numbers and facts is not likely to give you a leading edge among right-wing conservatives, especially when your competitors are making outrageous enough statements to have the media simmer over them for weeks.

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